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But while the ingredients are the same, Ballard and Palahniuk bake at completely different temperatures. Unlike his British counterpart, who tends to cast his American protagonists in a chilly light, holding them close enough to dissect but far enough away to eliminate any possibility of kinship, Palahniuk isn't happy unless he's first-person front and center, completely entangled in the whole sordid mess. An intensely psychological novel that never runs the risk of becoming clinical, Fight Club is about both the dangers of loyalty and the dreaded weight of leadership, the desire to band together and the compulsion to head for the hills. In short, it's about the pride and horror of being an American, rendered in lethally swift prose. Fight Club's protagonist might occasionally become foggy about who he truly is (you'll see what I mean), but one thing is for certain: you're not likely to forget the book's author. Never mind Ballardesque. Palahniukian here we come! --Bob Michaels --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is a fabulous book written in a very unique style.
Great read if...you enjoy Chuck's other works, strong characters, interesting takes on society, plot twists, well crafted as well written novels.
I love the movies, don't get me wrong, but there is so much more you can get out of a good book, and Chuck is like that.
I'd been wanting to read this for some time since I liked the movie so much. I'd say the book is a bit darker with a less obvious ending, but the underlying theme of "You are... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Edward Woodworth
A surprising case where the movie actually improved on the book. Still a great book, though. Writing style is a bit choppy, but I think that is deliberate. Read morePublished 12 days ago by J. K. White
A book about lending a hand to a friend. Although I'd share more, I just can't talk about it. Enjoy.Published 15 days ago by Taylor
I saw the movie before reading the book, and was really surprised to see that they had done such a good job on the film when given THIS to work with. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Swankivy
Fight club fight club fight club, there is a song in my head and the refrain is Fight club fight club fight club!
God I wish the world would embrace this. Read more
This book was absolutely sublime! I read it two days it was so engrossing. It seems no other reviewer can speak of the book without mentioning the movie, as much as I tried, I... Read morePublished 20 days ago by M.R.